Oliver Twist had one thing right when he and the orphan boys sang “Food Glorious Food! What wouldn’t we give for? That extra bit more. That’s all that we live for!” Food seems to be the deciding factor in every decision we make. It determines where we go and what we do. It genuinely makes us feel better. It’s what friends bring over when we are sick. It’s how we welcome a new neighbor. It’s also pivotal to losing weight. The trick is to get food to work for us, rather than against us.
Have you ever tried to take away a delicious treat from a toddler? It’s almost appalling how upset they get! Tantrums. Crying. Flailing bodies. Misery. But we know what’s best for them, and so we help them work through it. However, the pattern repeats itself all throughout our life, eventually getting to the point where we have to be the ones taking away those treats from ourselves, and boy does our inner toddler want to come out!
We feel all the feels. It’s so hard to say no to our favorite foods, and we obviously wouldn’t be limiting ourselves for no good reason. Perhaps our clothes have “shrunk” a bit and we want to feel more comfortable in them. Maybe we want to prepare for swimsuit season, or we want to lower some numbers that our recent blood work has shown and weight loss is an added bonus. Whatever the reason, we are here to help, not to overwhelm. We want that inner toddler to be happy, after all. So let’s discuss five snacks that we can easily cut out, to help us in our weight loss journey.
Whether it’s called soda, pop, or cola, it needs to be called less often. Just eliminate it. There are too many variations, whether or not we choose the diet version, the decaf, the mixers, or the sugar-alternative, and none of them are doing us any good. What our body needs are more water. Plain ‘ole water. We need to stop drinking our calories. Cut out the soda and the addictions associated with it, and replace it with lots of lots of water, which will help flush out our system and aid in digestion and absorption of nutrients.
Chips and Crackers
Chips and crackers go hand in hand, but that doesn’t mean we should eat them by the handful. However, that’s exactly what we tend to do when we eat them. We hold the bag in one hand, reach in and grab a few, then grab some more, and before we know it, we have eaten our way through it, especially if we are chilling on the couch watching a movie. These foods are delicious and addicting and it is very hard to limit those portion sizes! But in addition to how they tempt our taste buds, there really isn’t much nutritional value to them, as most are high in carbohydrates and salt, and low in protein and fiber. Bottom line, if it’s a snack food that we can eat and eat and eat and not feel full, then, it’s best to avoid it.
We aren’t saying all yogurt is on the naughty list, but if the yogurt is sweet and decadent and resembles the taste and flavors of ice cream, then chances are it’s full of sugar and not very good for us. If yogurt is the snack of choice, then choose one that is high in protein and low in sugar. Greek yogurts, almond milk yogurts, and coconut yogurts are a better alternative, and they taste delicious.
Do we really need to go into depth here? We justify things a lot, but let’s be real. Zucchini is full of nutrients, but when we batter it and deep fry it, it swings the lever from healthy to unhealthy. Potatoes definitely have some great nutrients, but when they become fries and tater tots, they fall into the category of “These are unlimited and bottomless, right?” and soon our resolve has dwindled away and we just can’t resist eating and eating and eating. The first step in self-control is recognizing our weakness. Simply refrain.
There is so much goodness in baked goods, and it’s easy to go overboard. Bread, muffins, donuts, cakes, pies, and biscuits. The list could go on and on. These delightful temptations are not our friend when it comes to weight loss. They are filler foods with high amounts of all the wrong stuff, even if they are delicious. We want those numbers on the scale to go down, and a bit of self-control with the indulgences will empower us mentally and will help us feel better physically.